Melancholy Hyperbole

Poetry about longing.

Tag Archive for ‘Jamie McGraw’

Spread-winged skipper

The inky butterfly across her neck balloons and wavers with her confession: bipolar, she drove her partner through a bedroom wall while her son, three, trembled under covers. We share a lust for opiates. She drools over Percopops (a fond nickname for gnawing on Fentanyl patches), and I’m more of a hydromorphone fiend. I save her any chicken the hospital inevitably places on my vegetarian meal trays. We split graham […]

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Conditions prevail

The boy’s head swings from his neck, a cattail quivering under air’s humid gaze. On suicide precautions, he sleeps in the lobby. A bed like mine, but on display. I wonder how the boy said, I want to die. Every day, I wake at six, watch the news. Watch him sleep. Dark tufts of hair peek out of a cotton tomb. One morning, I crawl into bed with the boy. […]

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Hospital hours stretch in and out of each other I never locate a clock  a calendar I trick myself constantly  for instance I shower then spend two hours trapped in the bathroom  it is a formicarium and I am a pharaoh ant swathed in spider-web clawing my attenuated legs till blood is delivered with afterbirth twinges of pain (this can’t be right) the doorknob will not turn  so I quiver […]

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